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Kong: Skull Island

Kong: Skull Island

| March 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

With a thematic agenda that takes it beyond the usual confines of its genre, and a story driven forward by sustained, nervous dread — an emotion skillfully conveyed from the characters to the audience — “Kong: Skull Island” (Warner Bros.) is an impressive monster movie.

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Before I Fall

Before I Fall

| March 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

Sound values underlie the conversion story “Before I Fall” (Open Road). But the path toward its positive conclusion takes twists and turns that will give the parents of targeted teens pause in considering whether their kids should travel it.

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The Shack

The Shack

| March 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

“The Shack” (Summit), director Stuart Hazeldine’s screen version of William Paul Young’s best-selling novel, represents a serious effort to tackle the problem of evil from a Christian perspective. As such, it will be welcomed by believers.

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Rock Dog

Rock Dog

| February 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

“You ain’t nothin’ but a hound dog,” Elvis Presley famously crooned six decades ago. That pretty well describes “Rock Dog” (Summit Premiere), a feeble animated comedy about a canine with unlikely musical aspirations.

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Get Out

Get Out

| February 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

Is the thriller “Get Out” as good as all get out? Well, not exactly.

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A Cure for Wellness

A Cure for Wellness

| February 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Swiss spa that serves as the primary setting for the creepy, but otherwise pointless horror exercise “A Cure for Wellness” (Fox) operates, it seems, on the Hotel California plan.

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The Comedian

The Comedian

| February 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

If a movie’s going to be titled “The Comedian” (Sony Classics), and the phrase isn’t intended ironically, since the film is about a stand-up comic, the audience has a right to expect that some mirth, at least, awaits therein.

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Moonlight

Moonlight

| February 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

Considered as an exploration of the African-American experience in contemporary society, writer-director Barry Jenkins’ powerfully understated drama “Moonlight” (A24) makes a compelling statement.

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Ouija: Origin of Evil

Ouija: Origin of Evil

| October 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

In 1967 Los Angeles, a middle-aged widow who earns her living as a bogus medium and her two daughters, both of whom help with the act, find themselves dealing with genuinely supernatural events after they purchase a Ouija board, and the spirit they unleash takes possession of the younger girl.

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Boo! A Madea Halloween

Boo! A Madea Halloween

| October 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

The language-fracturing violence-threatening moral force in a muumuu (played, of course, by writer-director Tyler Perry) still gives out with the bickering and the lightning-fast asides.

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